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March 4, 1986 | United Press International
Metromedia announced today it has agreed to sell the Harlem Globetrotters, Ice Capades and its 15 Ice Chalets for $30 million to International Broadcasting Corp. Thomas K. Scallen of Minneapolis, president of International Broadcasting, said the two entertainment companies will continue to be based in their present California locations--Hollywood for the Ice Capades and Sherman Oaks for the Globetrotters.
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SPORTS
November 15, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Harlem Globetrotters' Corey “Thunder” Law set a new world record for longest basketball shot, swishing it from 109 feet, 9 inches from the basket at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix on Thursday. "I didn't know what to think at first, because I had never tried a shot from that distance before,” Law told the Globetrotters' official website. “It seemed nearly impossible.” Law and two other members of the Harlem Globetrotters alternated taking shots on Thursday for an hour before he made it. Law stood sideways, took two steps with his left foot, then hurled the ball toward the basket with his right arm, breaking the previous record of 104 feet, 7 inches, which was set in February 2011.
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SPORTS
September 10, 1985 | Associated Press
Attorneys for two members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team filed suit in federal court Monday, seeking damages and explanations from the team and its owners, Metromedia Inc. A teary-eyed Hubert E. (Geese) Ausbie, who said in May he had resigned after 24 years with the Globetrotters, said at a news conference that he was fired. His portion of the suit seeks $595,500 in additional severance pay, damages for breach of contract and unpaid endorsement money. Frederic D.
SPORTS
November 13, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
The Harlem Globetrotters are known worldwide for their crazy stunts on the basketball court. One recent Globetrotter dunk definitely lived up to that reputation ... a little bit too much so. William “Bull” Bullard barely avoided being seriously injured during a recent game against Honduras at the Nacional de Ingenieros Coliseum in Tegucigalpa. Bullard hung on to the rim after a dunk, sending the entire apparatus crashing to court. “When I dunk, I put my feet on the backboard, put the ball through my legs and dunk it again, so that's the motion I was going with,” he said.
SPORTS
January 20, 1992 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he begins his job shortly after noon, Sweet Lou Dunbar walks slowly, which is understandable. He is getting over flu. He was in Las Vegas Saturday night. He was in Sacramento the night before that. Reno the night before that. Salt Lake City the night before that. But this is the Forum and this is Sunday, so the 'Clown Prince of Basketball" sits on his throne, a bench in the Laker locker room, and smiles broadly even if he has a royal headache. "I love this job," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2011
They pair a mastery of basketball skills with a sly humor that pokes holes into the ego of professional sports. The Harlem Globetrotters still have the best record in athletics and bring their virtuoso antics on a swing of Southland venues, including stops in Ontario, Anaheim and L.A. 7 p.m. Thurs., Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sat., Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim; noon Sun., Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Ave., L.A..
NEWS
February 17, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
They were like trees among shrubs -- three gargantuan Harlem Globetrotters standing waist deep in screaming schoolchildren, all of them holding out shoes and shirt sleeves for an autograph. The setting: An outdoor basketball court at Chatsworth's Sierra Canyon elementary school. The 'Trotters: "Clown Prince of Basketball" Geese Ausbie, "World's Fastest Dribbler" Curley Boo Johnson and Eugene "Edge" Edgerson, known as much for his Afro as his ball-handling skills.
SPORTS
July 2, 1995 | GEORGE DOHRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wun Versher could barely believe it. The Harlem Globetrotters had called. He had tried out. He had made the team. Now the former Dominguez High and Compton Community College standout was racing home to tell his family, thinking all the way that this was unbelievable. His family felt the same. "They didn't believe me," Versher said. "My grandparents were the worst. Not until I put a uniform in front of them, and even then I think they had doubts." No one is doubting Versher now.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1991 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Al Nordquist hopes that "Sweet Georgia Brown" will become a familiar refrain on the campus of Moorpark College. It will, at least for this week. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are holding an eight-day training camp at the Moorpark campus. It is scheduled to culminate in a basketball game next Saturday night against the team's perennial rivals, the Washington Generals. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Moorpark school's athletic program.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2005 | Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
An investment fund led by Roy E. Disney has purchased an 80% stake in the Harlem Globetrotters, the parties said Tuesday. Shamrock Holdings' Capital Growth Fund, based in Burbank, said it hoped to develop merchandising and other new revenue sources for the Globetrotters, who have blended basketball and entertainment for nearly 80 years.
WORLD
February 28, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat down Thursday for a rare meeting with an American - the pierced, provocative former basketball star Dennis Rodman, according to media reports. Rodman reportedly chatted with Kim as they sat side by side at a basketball game, the latest turn in his trip to Pyongyang, according to Chinese state media and a media company filming the trip. Afterward, he told Kim he had “a friend for life” in a speech before a massive crowd of North Koreans, the Vice media company said in a statement.
SPORTS
February 26, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
So things have been a little testy between the U.S. and North Korea lately? No need to worry -- Dennis Rodman is over there right now. This whole nuclear-test situation is probably being smoothed over as we speak. That's right. The controversial former NBA star known as "The Worm" and three members of the Harlem Globetrotters landed in Pyongyang on Tuesday to take part in what event organizers are calling a bit of "basketball diplomacy. " Actually, it's just a basketball camp for kids and games with North Korea's top basketball stars in a project for a VICE media news show that will air on HBO later this year.
SPORTS
December 14, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
After the Lakers lost their fourth straight game Thursday night, Kobe Bryant remarked, "Right now I wish we had the Washington Generals on our schedule. " The Lakers are set to visit the Washington Wizards on Friday, the second night of a back-to-back. If, however, Bryant is truly interested in playing the Generals, that opportunitiy is readily available. Via their Twitter account ( @Globies ), the Harlem Globetrotters offered to set something up against their regular sparring partners.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2011
They pair a mastery of basketball skills with a sly humor that pokes holes into the ego of professional sports. The Harlem Globetrotters still have the best record in athletics and bring their virtuoso antics on a swing of Southland venues, including stops in Ontario, Anaheim and L.A. 7 p.m. Thurs., Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sat., Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim; noon Sun., Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Ave., L.A..
SPORTS
February 24, 2011 | Chris Erskine
In a uniform green as money, in a town predicated on losers and longshots, leave it to me to find the biggest can't-win bet of all time: the Washington Generals. Now, like you I don't want to merely beat an opponent, I want to crush his spirit. Chess champ Bobby Fischer used to say that the point he relished most was when he broke a man's ego. That's what I'm talking about. So, when I had those mouthy Harlem Globetrotters on the ropes the other night in Las Vegas, I started to feel the warm rush of victory in my veins.
SPORTS
December 5, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Jim Murray once called Meadowlark Lemon an American institution, a description the longtime Harlem Globetrotters star claims mystifies him. "I don't know what that means," he says. Oh, but he does. "We were part of something that America needed at one time," Lemon says of the Globetrotters. "America needed Joe Louis. America needed Arnold Palmer. America needed Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Armstrong. "And America and the world at one time needed people like the Harlem Globetrotters and Meadowlark Lemon.
NEWS
January 13, 1994 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Consider "no future" for a moment. Wile E. Coyote. The extra, nameless crewmen who beam down to the uncharted planet with Kirk and Spock. Lorena Bobbitt and the ginzu knife franchise for Boys Town. Pork Twinkies. Frisbees for cats. William Tell's kid with the hiccups. Whoever has to play the Harlem Globetrotters. The Globetrotters haven't lost a game since Richard Nixon was in office. When they lost 100-99 on Jan. 5, 1971, it snapped a 2,495-game winning streak.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 1995 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a basketball player, Wun Versher always expected to generate a vocal response from enthusiastic fans. But laughs? Laughs are part of the game since the former Arizona State player joined the dazzling Harlem Globetrotters. Take Versher's fourth-quarter shtick in which he holds onto the net to keep the opposing Washington Generals from scoring. When the referee orders him to let go, the ball drops through the net and hits the ref on the head.
NEWS
October 8, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters when the team played to sold-out crowds in Moscow at the height of the Cold War in 1959. As the Globetrotters mark their 85th season this year, you can score two free tickets when you stay at Howard Johnson hotels. The deal : The Double Dribble package requires a two-night stay — prepaid and nonrefundable — and comes with vouchers for two tickets to see the Globetrotters anywhere they play.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2010 | Bloomberg News
John Kluge, a billionaire entrepreneur and pioneer in independent television-station ownership whose Metromedia Inc. stations formed the basis for News Corp.'s Fox network, has died. He was 95. Kluge died Tuesday at his home in Albemarle County, Va., said University of Virginia spokeswoman Marian Anderfuren, who gave no cause of death. Kluge donated more than $63 million to the university during his lifetime, including his Albemarle estate, which was valued at more than $45 million in 2001.
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